Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman revealed that Head Coach Rahul Dravid once told him that wicketkeeper-batsman Kona Srikar Bharat has good keeping skills, and he is second only to Wriddhiman Saha, who is considered as the best keeper of the Indian cricket team.
Bharat got an opportunity to keep the wickets for India on Day 3 of the Kanpur Test against New Zealand, and he did a wonderful job behind the stumps. Notably, Wriddhiman Saha was suffering from a stiff neck which led to Bharat keeping wickets on Day 3. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was part of three dismissals in the innings.
I Still Remember Rahul Dravid Raving About KS Bharat’s Wicketkeeping Skills – VVS Laxman
Talking about wicketkeeper-batsman Bharat, former cricketer Laxman said that he feels good to see Bharat repaying the faith of the selectors and the head coach. Speaking on Star Sports, Laxman said:
“I still remember Rahul Dravid raving about KS Bharat’s wicketkeeping skills. He told me that Bharat has good keeping skills, next only to Wriddhiman Saha in Indian cricket.
“It’s good to see him repaying the faith the selectors and the head coach. I think he has justified the confidence shown in him by the selectors and the coach.”
Laxman opined that a lack of good wicketkeepers on spin-friendly conditions causes trouble for the team. However, Bharat showed good technique and presence of mind. He asserted:
“In these quality spin conditions, if you don’t have a reliable wicketkeeper then you’re going to miss a lot of chances. What we saw today was great technique and great presence of mind, he didn’t panic at all for someone who has come into this team recently and got to play only because Saha was injured.
“Fantastic experience for Bharat, this will give him a lot of confidence going forward in his career,” Laxman added.
Meanwhile, At stumps on Day 3, India were having a 63 runs lead also batting in the second innings, they lost the early wicket of Shubman Gill and were at 14/1.
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